Meaning: to take a break outdoors to clear one’s head.
Etymology: Dutch uit + waaien
Usage in a sentence: “Good weather is perfect for uitwaaien.”
This word can perfectly describe the occasional wanderings that writers indulge in, just to straighten out the knots in their thoughts. You know, just to find their equilibrium, and then go back to writing.
I always find myself wandering to places where there is a lot of fresh air, if I need to relax and take a break. Not just from writing. From anything. Maybe it’s got something to do with my star sign? (Libra, for those of you who missed the “S for” post) Or maybe that’s just me wanting to let my hair down, and allow the wind make a new hair style for me.
This word specifically relates to the break in which you step out of your house, into nature’s loving arms. It does not indicate the break you take to play “Piano Tiles” on your phone. (“Dang, my high score is 1328. What’s yours?”~Fab) Nor the break you take to get your pack of cigarettes. (“Smoking outdoors is not uitwaaien, even if it clears your head out.”~Fab)
Why is going outdoors considered to be the best way to clear one’s head out? Because the garden you visit, or the beach you stroll on, does not add to your burden in any way. You’ll learn a few lessons from the bubbly birds, or the shy squirrels. The lanky lilies and the fat frog will tell you about beauty in diversity. The anxious ants and the garrulous grasshopper whisper to you the lesson of preparing for the future. The relentless waves and the weathered rock teach you the lesson of perseverance, and letting go at the right time. Why should you not step out into the green world then, when you get the chance to do so?
So today, take a break from your schedule, and visit some outdoor place. Any place would do. And share your experience in the comments 🙂
Information sourced at Wiktionary